On July 8, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department confirmed 48 new cases in Pierce County and one new death: a man in his 70s from University Place with underlying health conditions. The county totals are 2,940 cases and 92 deaths.
The department has reported 585 cases in the last 14 days. The 14-day case rate per 100,000 as of yesterday is 64.9. The average cases per day over the last 14 days as of yesterday is 41.9.
The county had lower case counts today and yesterday. The department believes that this may be because several labs were closed over the holiday weekend. Labs are catching up in processing test results, so case counts may increase in the days ahead.
The department added a new graph to its Safe Start dashboard today. It shows a timeline of both the number of tests and positive tests over time.
See the department’s Safe Start dashboard for testing information and other data being tracked to move through phases of the governor’s Safe Start Washington Plan: tpchd.org/COVID19cases.
What is driving the recent increase in COVD-19 cases in Pierce County? Learn why they’re increasing and what we can all do about it to reduce the spread at our Your Reliable Source blog.